TC ERT Oct 2014 Vol 38 No 4


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Theme: Impacting the World

Annual Index Edition


  1. Faith and Reason Active in Love: The Ethics of Creation Care by Thomas K. Johnson
  2. Worldview and Identity Across Conversion by Hannes Wiher
  3. Rooted and Engaged by Chris Wright
  4. Engaging Contextual Realities in Theological Education: Systems and Strategies by Enrique Fernández
  5. We Reap What We Sow: Engaging Curriculum and Context in Theological Education by Havilah Dharamraj
  6. Not Living on Bread Alone: Theological Education as Prophetism by Myrto Theocharous
  7. The Confessional Character of Theological Education and the Training of Disciples by Carver T. Yu

Index Volume 38

Editorial: Impacting the World

A robust call to care for the world around us as Christian disciples opens this issue of Evangelical Review of Theology. In this comprehensive article, Thomas Johnson (Czech Republic) shows how such a stance can be convincing in terms of Christian truth claims and also influential in global public discussion.

Drawing from different disciplines and by using a series of helpful models (with diagrams), Hannes Wiher (Switzerland), provides many insights about how a person’s worldview is affected by the process of conversion to Christ, noting that the old worldview may remain active or be transformed progressively; whatever the case, the Christian’s identity and behaviour will be impacted. This article offers a grid that will help readers understand Christian discipleship and promote good relations between people of different contexts.

The remaining articles were all presented originally as papers at the International Consultation for Theological Educators held in Nairobi, Kenya, 15-19 October 2012 and are used here by permission of the sponsors, International Council for Evangelical Theological Education (ICETE – The theme of the consultation, ‘Rooted in the Word, Engaged in the World’, was focused on the Cape Town Commitment (CTC) document resulting from the Lausanne Congress, 2010. Therefore, our first paper is the keynote address by Chris Wright (UK), which emphases the ways in which the CTC bears on the task of theological education.

Then Enrique Fernández (Costa Rica), proposes ‘an understanding of the systems and strategies that can help theological institutions interact with the church and the world in relevant ways, with the goal of producing personal and structural transformation of cultural and social contexts.’ The author is confident this approach will assist theological schools ‘engage their culture and society’ more effectively. Just how that could occur is the topic of the paper by Havilah Dharamraj (India) which vividly describes (with the aid of an illustration – originally in colour) how a new approach to the teaching of an Old Testament book transformed the understanding and ministries of the students involved.

In presenting a challenge about the fundamental aim of theological education rather than its methods or strategies, Myrto Theocharous (Greece) explains that the goal is to ‘is to encourage, support and equip prophets’ – those who will be able to identify and expose the ‘pious talk’, and ‘hidden allegiances’ by ‘re-reading’ the biblical text so that our ears will be open ‘to what the Spirit says’.

Finally for this issue and for this year, Carver T Yu (Honk Kong), speaking personally, challenges trends in theological education which, under the pressures of the secular and the academic worlds, turn it into a mere professional activity, or scholarship for its own sake. He advocates instead a confessional approach which sees theological education as an integral part of the mission of the church and one which aims to produce committed and informed disciples.

Thomas Schirrmacher, General Editor
David Parker, Executive Editor